The military’s use of nylon webbing has a significant history that dates back to World War II and has continued to evolve over the years to become an invaluable part of the gear, equipment and apparel of our US Military.

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The Invention of Nylon and Nylon Webbing

Nylon webbing was invented in the late 1930s and early 1940s, around the same time as the development of nylon itself. Nylon, the synthetic polymer, was first created by a team of chemists at DuPont. The invention of nylon marked a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic fibers. Nylon webbing emerged shortly after the invention of the fiber. With its high strength, durability, and versatility, nylon was quickly recognized as a suitable material not only for consumer use but for military use as well. Nylon webbing “took off” during World War II when it was used for parachute harnesses, suspension lines, and other military applications.

Nylon parachute harnesses and suspension lines made from nylon webbing were widely used by paratroopers, providing them with reliable and durable equipment for airborne operations. Nylon webbing’s strength, lightweight nature, and resistance to moisture made it an ideal material for parachute systems.

Military Uses of Nylon Webbing

Today Nylon webbing is used even more extensively by the US military due to its strength, durability, and versatility. It serves a wide range of applications in military equipment and gear. Here are some examples of how the military uses nylon webbing:

  • Parachute Systems: Almost 90 years later nylon webbing is still an essential part of parachute systems used by the military for airdrops and personnel or equipment deployment. Of course, the quality, strength, and variety of webbing options has increased considerably over the years! However, it is still used to construct the harnesses, suspension lines, and attachment points that ensure the safe and controlled descent of parachutists and cargo.
  • Load-Bearing Equipment: Nylon webbing is a crucial component in load-bearing equipment such as backpacks, vests, and belts. It is used to create adjustable straps, attachment points, and MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) systems. These webbing-based systems allow for the attachment and customization of pouches, holsters, and other accessories, enabling soldiers to carry their equipment securely and efficiently.
  • Tactical Gear and Accessories: Nylon webbing is used to create various tactical gear and accessories, including slings, straps, weapon retention systems, helmet chin straps, and harnesses. These components are designed to provide durability, ease of use, and reliable performance in combat situations.
  • Restraints and Straps: Nylon webbing is used for securing and restraining personnel, equipment, and supplies during transportation or within military facilities. It can be found in vehicle restraint systems, cargo tie-downs, field medical kits, and other similar applications.
  • Body Armor and Protective Equipment: Nylon webbing is integrated into body armor systems to create adjustable and secure fits for soldiers. It provides attachment points for armor plates, shoulder straps, and other components, allowing for customization and comfort.

The military’s use of nylon webbing is extensive and spans across various applications, ensuring reliable and durable performance in demanding operational environments. The strength, flexibility, and reliability of nylon webbing make it a preferred material for military-grade equipment and gear.

US Military Nylon Webbing Supplier

John Howard Company is a proud supplier of nylon webbing for the US military and is a leading supplier of plastic hardware for connecting and attaching webbing to military tactical products and gear.

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All this webbing typically needs connector parts and plastic hardware which we also supply.

John Howard Company is committed to providing leading edge Military Tactical products and Berry Compliant Hardware.

Its worth noting that the same webbing used for straps and harnesses for our military often shows up in consumer products such as outdoor equipment, backpacks, luggage and recreational gear.

If you’re a product manufacturer of military gear or equipment in need of tactical or Berry Compliant webbing, we invite you to contact the John Howard Company!

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